Cost of War and mis-placed priorities





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By Simba (Simba) on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 10:41 pm: Edit

NYT has this interesting chart with figures. Are we safe yet?

The cost of war (so far): 144.4 Billion

We could have spent that money as follows:

7.5 B - to safeguard our ports

4.0 - to upgrade coast guard fleet

10 - to protect airlines from shoulder fired missiles

5 - state of the art baggage handling

7 - 100,000 new police officers

2.5 - Fire dept.

3 - secure major roads and railways

30.5 to secure weapons grade materials

.35 - upgrade emergency radio system

2.25 - expedite Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat reduction

24 - Two army Divisions

15.5 Doubling Special Op Forces

8.6 re-build Afghanistan

11 - crop conversion in Afghanistan

10 - Development assistant to needy countries

0.8 - public diplomacy.


+ Thousands of Lives Saved
+ American Leadership (not bully)
+ Alliances

Priceless

By John123 (John123) on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 10:55 pm: Edit

Yeah, I think you're lost.

By Benjamin (Benjamin) on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 11:41 pm: Edit

Wow, that was really stupid. "Thousands of Lives Saved"...how about mentioning the MILLIONS of Iraqis who are now free of oppression and abuse? Can you really put a price on that?....apparently some people can...

By Simba (Simba) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 08:37 am: Edit

but what about our safety?

By John123 (John123) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 07:15 pm: Edit

Note: College discussion forums

www.politics.com is waiting!

By Simba (Simba) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 07:48 pm: Edit

what do you think is happening in many other threads?

By Benjamin (Benjamin) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 09:58 pm: Edit

reallly, I agree Simba (probably a first and a last) These are issues that should be discussed on a college forum.

By John123 (John123) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 06:26 pm: Edit

How's that? It really doesn't have anything to do with college. It has to do with an administration that put a lot of money into removing the iraqi regime.

This is about as related to college as my toe is related to the moon.

By Pookdogg (Pookdogg) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 06:30 pm: Edit

I'm fine with these discussions in the Cafe, but in the Parent's Forum? What do you hope to accomplish, Simba? Moderator Sheeprun cuts us some slack by allowing these politically charged threads to exist at all in the CC Cafe. I would advise against pushing your luck by trying to branch out into the Parent's Forum, out of all places.

By Backhandgrip (Backhandgrip) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 07:09 pm: Edit

I agree with Pook. I really think an aggenda is being forwarded in this thread.
When I tried to post a war topic (opinions of students vs parents opinions) you quickly had it removed, Simba.

By Simba (Simba) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 07:31 pm: Edit

Backhandgrip: Point well taken.


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